We offer three concentration areas:

MA in EECD: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education

The CU Boulder School of Education offers the Master’s degree in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity (EECD) with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. Completion of this program qualifies one for a Colorado endorsement in the area of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12). Individuals who are fluent in Spanish and complete the endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Learners may also be eligible for the Linguistically Diverse Education Specialist: Bilingual Education endorsement.

The program provides a range of direct experiences in bilingual/multicultural/ESL education with the opportunity to develop skills and competencies essential to the work of educators of the linguistically different learner. The overall purpose of the program is to develop sound bilingual/multicultural/ESL competencies in teachers and school leaders. Program course work includes foundations of bilingual/multicultural education, assessment practices and issues, methods in bilingual and ESL, and a field-based practicum. Participation in the program may be on a “part-time” basis. International students seeking participation in this program should consult with a faculty advisor before applying for admission and must complete a practicum in a public school. This program is not appropriate for individuals wishing to teach English as a foreign language in other countries.

MA in EECD: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Ed/Special Ed Generalist

The School of Education offers the Master’s degree in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity (EECD): Bilingual/ESL Special Education. Completion of this program qualifies one for a teacher certification double endorsement in the areas of Special Education Generalist and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12). Graduates of this program are typically employed in school special education programs. The program offers courses in foundations in special and bilingual/multicultural education; assessment issues and practices in bilingual/ESL special education; methods of bilingual, ESL and special education; and a field-based practicum. This program is not suitable for international students seeking preparation in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). This is a “part-time” program with courses offered evenings and summers. This program is designed to be completed over a three year period.

MA in EECD: Social/Multicultural/Bilingual Education

This program is a non-endorsement degree with an interdisciplinary focus. The program offers courses in foundations of bilingual/multicultural education, curriculum and methods in multicultural education, and curriculum theory. Participation in the program may be on a part-time or full-time basis.

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts required after admission)
  • If international, TOEFL scores
  • Application Fee ($60 domestic application/$80 international) along with the application

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, contact edadvise@colorado.edu.


  • Fall/Summer Application Deadline: January 10, 9:59pm MST
  • Spring Application Deadline: September 1

For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog